Over recent weeks, it has become increasingly clear that the New York State Senate deadlock is not likely to be resolved in a way that does anything more than put the vital business of our state on hold for 18 months until the next election. Several viable agreements have been offered, most notably by Common Cause New York, and all have been rejected because neither side has a clear advantage. In most countries, when no one can put together a majority government, the legislature is dissolved and new elections are held. Unfortunately, the American style of government does not include this option. However, we have the next best thing. We the undersigned are hereby calling on the entire New York State Senate to resign, effective immediately. Every member of the chamber, go home. Have the Governor call a special election, complete with primaries, for all the Senate seats. The current senators can run to get their jobs back if they like, but let's allow the voters to decide who they want running this thing. Everyone is at exactly equal risk--the only thing that you have to be judged on is how you've conducted yourself. The current situation is intolerable. Nineteen million New Yorkers can not be held hostage by a handful of egotists. If the 62 members of the New York State Senate cannot find a way to work without bringing state government to a screeching halt for the next 18 months, then it is the right of we the voters to choose new representatives.
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